Towards Personalized Learning Objectives in MOOCs

  • Tobias RohloffEmail author
  • Christoph Meinel
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11082)


Instead of measuring success in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) based on certification and completion-rates, researchers started to define success with alternative metrics recently, for example by evaluating the intention-behavior gap and goal achievement. Especially self-regulated and goal-oriented learning have been identified as critical skills to be successful in online learning environments with low guidance like MOOCs, but technical support is rare. Therefore, this paper examines the current technical capabilities and limitations of goal-oriented learning in MOOCs. An observational study to explore how well learners in five MOOCs achieved their initial learning objectives was conducted, and the results are compared with similar studies. Afterwards, a concept with a focus on technical feasibility and automation outlines how personalized learning objectives can be supported and implemented on a MOOC platform.


Learning objectives MOOCs Goal-oriented learning Self-regulated learning Learning analytics E-learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hasso Plattner InstitutePotsdamGermany

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